|"Highstones! We're almost home."|
|— Squirrelpaw at seeing Highstones in Moonrise, page 287|
- Below contains in-depth information for the epilogue of Moonrise. If you are looking for a shorter summary of the entire book, please check the main article.
- Chapter Number: epilogue (of 24)
- Page Numbers: 285-287
- Squirrelpaw is trapped in a small, dark space that violently rocks from side to side. Her head spins and she her paws frantically scrape on something smooth and solid. The young she-cat calls out Leafpaw's name, then opens her eyes and finds herself scrambling in a hollow dip in the ground. Tawnypelt stands over her and asks what happened. It is noted that the traveling cats had left the mountains the previous night and trekked across open moorland; the sun is now rising.
- Squirrelpaw gets up from her nest and mews that it was just a dream, but she knows that her sister is in terrible danger, and her dream took her to wherever Leafpaw was. Tawnypelt looks faintly interested and asks if it was a sign from StarClan, but Squirrelpaw says it wasn't and, without mentioning Leafpaw, explains that she felt like she was trapped in somewhere dark, and couldn't escape. The ShadowClan warrior steps forward and presses her muzzle against Squirrelpaw's side, reassuring that they probably have all had dreams since Feathertail. The apprentice nods, still finding it hard to believe that she wouldn't see the silver tabby again. Squirrelpaw recalls how the Tribe cats had helped bury the RiverClan she-cat, and how Stormfur and Crowpaw had kept vigil for her that night. The following dawn, the Tribe cats had escorted them part of the way through the mountains, and they soon came to easier flat country, but they felt no hope that they would be home soon.
- Squirrelpaw soon recovers enough from her nightmare to help hunting, and although no cat wants to eat, they force themselves to eat the fresh-kill. That day and the next, the Clan cats traveled on until their paws were cracked and bleeding. The sun is going down behind them again as they come to the top of a rise, and their shadows point to a hill with a jagged crest. Tawnypelt exclaims to look, and for a few heartbeats no cat speaks, until Squirrelpaw's eyes flash with a fire that had seemed dimmed forever by Feathertail's death. The ginger she-cat exclaims that it is Highstones, and that they are almost home.
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|Prologue • Chapter 1 • Chapter 2 • Chapter 3 • Chapter 4 • Chapter 5 • Chapter 6 • Chapter 7 • Chapter 8 • Chapter 9 • Chapter 10 • Chapter 11 • Chapter 12 • Chapter 13 • Chapter 14 • Chapter 15 • Chapter 16 • Chapter 17 • Chapter 18 • Chapter 19 • Chapter 20 • Chapter 21 • Chapter 22 • Chapter 23 • Chapter 24 • Epilogue|